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Where to Park


Attending TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights?
Visit the Zoo Lights page
to see your parking options.

Saturdays & Sundays: Daytime Parking Option
We have extended this off-site parking for a limited time.

7100 William C. Harvin – Entrance 35
Parking is $6 per car. Free shuttle, easy in, easy out!
Shuttle runs continuously from 10 a.m. to the zoo (early birds: park in the lots outside the zoo to enter at 9 a.m.!)

Free parking is available outside the zoo’s main entrance on Hermann Park Drive. These free parking lots are part of Hermann Park and are not owned or operated by the zoo.

On busy days, these lots can fill quickly; parking may be available in other Hermann Park lots:

Map of Hermann Park Parking Areas

Map of Parking in Hermann Park
Provided by the Hermann Park Conservancy
Parking is not owned or operated by the Houston Zoo

Directions to the Zoo

The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park adjacent to the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District. We have two entrances:

Our Main Entrance and parking lot is located at:
6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030

Our Medical Center Entrance is located on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital, and is open only on weekends and major holidays. It provides convenient dropoff, pickup and pedestrian access (There is no parking at this gate).

Make sure to check traffic maps before leaving for the zoo. It’s a jungle out there.


Daytime Hours
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Last entry 4 p.m.

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
Nov 20 – Jan 9, 2016 (closed Dec 24 & 25)
Opens at 6 p.m.
Check the Zoo Lights webpage for details and tickets.

Zoo Lights is a separate event from general Zoo admission.
The Zoo closes for the day at 5:00 p.m. and re-opens at 6:00 p.m.

Open Seven Days a Week, 364 Days a Year

The Houston Zoo will be closed during the day on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 26. We will open in the evening for Zoo Lights.

Special Activity Times

Giraffe Feeding Platform: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
May close due to weather conditions and giraffe participation.

Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park
Now closed for the season.
Open April 1 – October 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Naturally Wild Swap Shop
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reptile and Amphibian House: Opens at 10:00 a.m.

Tropical Bird House: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bug House: Opens at 9:30 a.m.
Petting yard inside the Children’s Zoo: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station (at Fannin and Sunset) or Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station (on Fannin between Cambridge and Ross Sterling).

A great reason to go green and ride METRO: save $2 off an adult admission and $1 off a child’s admission when you present your Q Card, METRO bus, or METRORail ticket at the zoo admission booth!

Houston B-cycle

There is a Houston B-cycle bicycle station in Hermann Park outside the zoo. Houston B-cycle is a “bike sharing” program that works as an additional transportation alternative for people living in or visiting Houston. For more information visit the Houston B-cycle website.

Getting Around the Zoo

Houston Zoo Map

Need help getting around the zoo?
Print this handy map and bring it
with you, or just take a look at it.
View the Zoo Map

Download Our Zoo App

Our digital tour guide to the zoo.
Get our app and take the zoo with you.